As the "Motion of No Confidence" petition - which states that the VSA does not accurately represent student opinions - has reportedly gotten close to 400 signatures, members of the VSA Council are now speaking out and defending the decisions of the Council to pass the Kick Coke proposal last night.
First, the VSA executive board sent out an all-campus email last night wrote: "While we recognize that this may not be the most popular decision that the Council has made, it highlights that our Constitution allows individual members of our campus to create policy and propose legislative action. We acted as representatives when called upon by our peers and we encourage all students to feel comfortable coming to us when any type of substantive action may be necessary."
Noyes President Sean Koerner '11 has been vocal in comments on our posts, stating, "The resolution was largely passed based upon results that council members got when they emailed their constituents." He then encouraged students against the decision to "organize" as opposed to just voicing their concerns anonymously on this blog.
Class of 2012 President Charlie Nicholson expressed a similar feeling in a comment. "I didn't hear or see SO MUCH ANGER AND OPPOSITION at the VSA meeting tonight," he writes. "ONLY ONE STUDENT outside of the VSA Council argued against the resolution."
Class of 2009 President Luis Gabriel Hoyos wrote to his classmates. He writes that in the emails he received, "there was a clear majority in favor of kicking coke." He continues by defending his decision to support the proposal, and addresses the "No Confidence" document: "It is unfair to say that a student government does not represent student opinion when the students themselves don't make use of the channels we provide them to give us their input."
Update: Dana Hass of the Town Students has also spoken up. "Those of you who felt passionately about the resolution made yourselves clear with your votes," she wrote in an email to the Town students, stressing that the feedback she received was almost exclusively in favor of kicking Coke.
Update 2: Cushing President Mathew Leonard '11 just sent us the following statement: "I just want to point out that the VSA representatives voted as their constituents asked them too. Cushing was one of the few dorms with a majority "keep Coke" after polling and I voted as such. When it came down to it, only 3 constituency groups voted in favor of keeping Coke. Why were no people in favor of keeping Coke present at the meeting? Why did no one opposed respond to our emails? For the few of us opposed, we seemed a small futile minority. If you want your voice to be heard, you have to speak.
Update 3: The Misc has released this chart of how VSA Council members voted: